Manchester Fort - Elliott Waters Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
2.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Lunch time Nandos trip, and The Fort was to be the location.

Entering the outlet, you arrive in a small glass corridor, where you remain until a Nandoca serves you. I didn't spend long here, being quickly whisked to a table by a friendly Nandoca. The resturaunt is quite big from the outside, but small on the inside. The till point is on the right hand side as you enter, with seating to the left, and at the rear, which leads to the toilets. After deliberating for a short while, I went to order. The order process was relatively quick, served by a rather sleepy Nandoca who appologised for being half asleep!

Returning to my table, I noticed that the cleanliness of the outlet left a little to be desired, with a few chips and a knife lying on the floor in a walkway. For my entire stay, it wasn't removed, and the resturaunt wasn't very busy with plenty of staff who could have sorted it, some of which walked past it. Decoration is quite good, plenty of large windows letting in a large amount of light, with the walls an off-white colour. There aren't many Nandos artefacts around, as most of the walls are glass. There are a few located above the till point, and next to the drinks machine.

The meal arrived within 10 minutes, and looked to be of top quality. I ordered a chicken breast burger with salad and rice. The burger had plenty of Peri-Peri on it, however the bun was a little dry when it was bitten in too, and the bottom of the chicken breast was rather tough where it had been left on the grill a little too long. The slice of tomato in the burger was wafer thin, and a little mushy. The spicy rice was better, being very warm and moist, just how rice should be, with plenty of spice. The side salad was OK, tomatoes were a little mushy, but the lettuce was crisp and not too cold. The downside was that there was a fair bit of Peri-salt stuck to the bottom of the bowl, which didn't fill me with confidence. Once munched, and table cleared, no offer for extras was given, which is suprising, if not a little dissapointing, as I would have been quite partial to a slab of cheesecake!

Overall an OK meal, not great, but not a disaster. The outlet is quite nice inside, and has protential, just let down my the food.

The outlet is located on the "Manchester - The Fort" leisure park, in a standalone building in the centre of the car park. It is surrounded by other eateries, clothes stores, and a big B&Q. It's very easy to get too, by car follow signs for "The Fort" park on Cheetham Hill, with plenty of free parking. Alternatively, it is easily reached by public transport. Bus services 42 and 135 run right past, I arrived on the 42 and it was only a short walk from the bus stop to Nandos.

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